Praise for tips from Maurer

December 18, 2010
Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share
IBJ Letters To The Editor

I enjoyed [Mickey Maurer’s Dec. 13] closing commentary on “The Ten Essential Principles of Entrepreneurship You Didn’t Learn in School,” along with the previous nine.

Great foresight on cable and radio. I have said for years that most of the successful entrepreneurial endeavors have come from ideas that are “industry-disruptive.”

The most classic and pervasive example is cellular phones over land lines. Satellite radio and dish TV are examples that you point out. Interactive Intelligence was disruptive to the business communications industry of clunky, staid, proprietary telephony hardware (the likes of Nortel, Lucent, Siemens, etc.) with the notion of computer telephony and replacing all that hardware with software, which is malleable, customizable, dynamic and smart with greater functionality, and able to operate as voice over Internet protocol, all at a lower price to operate and maintain. Interactive Intelligence is now worth about half a billion dollars.

I also enjoyed the Forefront insert, especially on gerrymandering. I suggested to [Gov.] Mitch [Daniels] when he was running for re-election that I felt it should be changed for the interests of the citizenry, and to use the largest granularity possible, such as using counties to determine districts, and not the crazy, convoluted shapes you see in congressional districts.

The key effect is to not have one district that covers rural and industrial, and suburbia and inner city (and splits down the middle of a neighborhood). As you know, only 15 percent of congressional districts are “competitive.”


John Gibbs


Post a comment to this story

We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by

facebook - twitter on Facebook & Twitter

Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ on Facebook:
Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ's Tweets on these topics:
Subscribe to IBJ